If the allegation levelled by the Telangana Congress party is to be believed, as many as 21 lakh voters are missing from the electoral list in the state this year, compared to 2014.According to Telangana PCC president Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy, there were about 2.81 crore voters in 2014 elections.However, as per the draft rolls published by the Election Commission on India on September 1, 2018, their number has reduced to 2.60 crore.
“Where have over 21 lakh voters gone?” he asked.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said the decrease in numbers was totally abnormal.
“Except for the voters who passed away, all other voters must figure in the electoral rolls in one constituency or the other if they had shifted their residences. But deletion of more than 21 lakh names is not justifiable,” he siad.In fact, the actual number of deletion in the last four years could be much higher if the number of fresh voters who enrolled themselves during revision of electoral rolls is taken into consideration. In the current year, nearly 8 lakh new voters have registered their names.
“Therefore, we seriously suspect that some forces have been tampering with the electoral rolls of Telangana State,” he said while alleging that thousands of names were also deleted from the electoral rolls during the GHMC elections in 2016.
The TPCC president said that all the Congress workers have been directed to check the electoral rolls of their respective polling booths in their constituencies to find the deletions, wrong entries or corrections.